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Myers Surgery Would Put Phillies Under the Gun

A full two months into the season, we can take this much away from the performance of the Philadelphia Phillies:

  • They're really, really good on the road
  • For some reason, they're incredibly susceptible at home
  • The can hit a ton
  • They have shaky starting pitching, at best

All of those assessments are fair at the least, and may even include a fair deal of understatement. Yet of all of them, the one that seems most likely to continue for the rest of the season is the fourth factor, a realization that Philadelphia's starting pitching just isn't that good.

In fairness, we all should have seen this coming. Reigning NLCS and World Series MVP Cole Hamels dealt with two injuries over the offseason and hasn't looked himself since returning. Of the team's five starters, only one (Brett Myers) has a winning record, and none has an ERA below 4.66. Really.

Yet those statistics could get a lot more troubling, and fast, if reports about an injury to Myers is correct. According to Jim Salisbury of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Myers may need surgery to repair fraying in the labrum of his right hip. Such a procedure would effectively end Myers' season, simultaneously creating a gaping void in the Phillies' rotation.

If Myers is out (and the timing would be incredibly unfortunate for him, since this is a contract year for the right-handed fireballer), Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. would suddenly be looking to fill two spots in the team's starting rotation. The Phillies have been openly unhappy with the performance of Chan Ho Park in the fifth starter's role and have been scouting throughout the majors to replace him. Now they'll be replacing the team's No. 2 starter as well.

It's possible that Myers could pitch through the injury, and it's even possible that the early report is incorrect; he's allegedly seeking a second opinion before he weighs his medical options. Still, barring that, Amaro will have move fast to acquire new starters well ahead of the trading deadline, otherwise his team might be well back in the NL East by the time the deadline arrives.

By Cameron Smith  |  May 29, 2009; 12:52 PM ET
Categories:  Phillies  | Tags: Brett Myers, Cole Hamels, Phillies, Ruben Amaro Jr., pitchers  
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Know who would look good in a Phillies' uniform?

Daniel Cabrera.

Posted by: diogenes_quixote | May 29, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

When exactly did hip labrums start to fray? Mike Lowell, Chase Utley, A-Rod, Brett Myers . . . I'd peg August '08 as the month.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | May 29, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Maybe if he doesn't want surgery he can close for them. It seems Lidge is harnessing his former Astros self these days.

Posted by: adampschroeder | May 29, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

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